University of Victoria and Canadian Basketball legend, Kathy Shields is being promoted within the Order of Canada today, at a ceremony presented by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julia Payette, Governor General of Canada, at the B.C. Parliament Buiding in Victoria.
The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 and can be livestreamed here.
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
The long-time coach of the Vikettes was first named to the Order of Canada in the summer of 2016 and is now being promoted within that Order for her work on the basketball court as both a player and a coach as well as her outspoken advocacy in advancing women in coaching.
Shields, who was inducted to the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, had an incredible career as both a player and a coach, spanning over three decades with highlights such as 14 Canada West titles and eight CIAU national titles as the head coach of the University of Victoria Vikettes and a bronze medal at the 1993 FIBA Americas Championship for Women along with a fourth-place finish at the 1984 Summer Olympics as the assistant coach of the women’s national team.
Throughout her 22-year run as head coach of the Vikettes, Shields compiled a remarkable 320-50 regular season record and has previously been inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, Basketball Canada Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Additionally, an unbelievable eight of her former athletes and assistant coaches have gone on to be head coaches of university teams. 21 of Shields’ athletes have been named CIAU/CIS First or Second Team All-Canadians and she was twice-named CIAU/CIS Coach of the Year (1979-80, 1991-92) and nominated as Canada West Coach of the Year an incredible nine times.
A full list of people being honoured at the ceremony can be found here.